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Sustainable Urban Development

Cities are inspiring arenas for business, culture and everyday life. However, they face complex challenges related to the environment and wellbeing of individuals. The Bachelor´s Degree Programme in Sustainable Urban Development is an international degree programme that provides students with the multidisciplinary skills needed to address these challenges.

Urbanization is one of the biggest trends in the globalized world. It is estimated that 2/3 of the global population will be living in urban areas by the year 2050. This transformation needs to be met with sustainable solutions that take into account not only significant environmental challenges such as climate change, but also social justice among many other criteria.

The Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Urban Development offers you a way to develop multidisciplinary skills and expertise related to urban development and sustainability. This multidisciplinary programme consists of three fields of study: administrative sciences, social sciences and technology. The programme includes basic and intermediate courses, common to all students, with interdisciplinary teaching across each fields. Knowledge of these fields will help you understand the complex phenomena related to sustainable urban development from several perspectives. In addition to these multidisciplinary courses, the programme includes specialization studies, which develop the theoretical basis of the selected study stream and for creating a professional profile.

In addition to multidisciplinarity, a unique aspect of this programme is the style of learning. Each year the students are engaged in real-life urban development projects. These projects are carried out in collaboration with companies and public organizations such as the City of Tampere. For example, we utilize a real-world laboratory, Hiedanranta, which is a future city district and a testbed for innovative projects related to smart and sustainable housing, energy, transportation and business.

Students of this multidisciplinary programme select their own study field (administrative sciences, social sciences or technology) already when applying for the programme. Although most of the contents of the programme is common for all students, there are variations in the application criteria, study contents and the name of the degree granted after completing the programme.

For more information on the individual streams, see the individual pages:

Administrative sciences,

Social sciences